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Uffizi Gallery: Tour

1. Uffizi Gallery: Tour

Enjoy skip-the-line entry and meet your guide for a tour of the world-famous Uffizi Gallery. This is a unique experience for those who want to immerse themselves in the artistic heritage of Florence. The Gallery entirely occupies the first and second floors of the large building constructed between 1560 and 1580 and designed by Giorgio Vasari.    Visit one of the most beautiful museums in the world with your expert local guide, who will share the stories behind the main masterpieces in the gallery. Learn about the development of Italian art throughout the centuries and marvel at well-known paintings by masters like Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and many others. You will have the opportunity to discover the secrets of the greatest paintings spanning from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Admire Botticelli's “Primavera” and “The Birth of Venus,” and reflect upon his representation of the birth of the goddess as she emerges from the sea foam. After your tour, take the time to explore the museum at your own pace and get the chance to go back to your favorite spots.

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Accademia Gallery: Tour

2. Accademia Gallery: Tour

Join a guided tour of the Accademia Gallery and discover the most amazing artwork of the Renaissance, including the magnificent statue of David by Michelangelo. After skipping the long ticket lines, you’ll enter the gallery and begin your experience with a visit to the Medici family’s collection of musical instruments. Admire the most expensive Stradivarius in the world, as well as other unique instruments. Continue to see the Prisoners and San Matteo by Michelangelo, then marvel at the artist’s most iconic sculpture, David. Learn about this statue’s creation and the complex history of the piece of marble that Michelangelo used to sculpt his masterpiece. Finally, see the plasters of Lorenzo Bartolini before ending your tour by taking in the beautiful collection of paintings by Lorenzo Monaco and other noteworthy artists from the 16th century. During your tour, you'll also discover lesser-known parts of this world-famous museum. 

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Leonardo Interactive Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

3. Leonardo Interactive Museum Skip-the-Line Ticket

Make your way to the Leonardo Interactive Museum in the heart of Florence, just steps from the Accademia Gallery on Via dei Servi 66 and discover a family-friendly exhibition guaranteed to stimulate your curiosity. Marvel at machines built to scale and according to Da Vinci's original designs - unless changes have been necessary! Learn about some of Leonardo’s major studies of anatomy and see high-resolution backlit replicas of his main paintings to explore his medical and artistic achievements. Organized into 4 sections - earth, water, air, and fire - the museum provides descriptions in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish and Russian for your convenience. Benefit from multimedia displays about the artist and inventor's extraordinary life and works.

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Florence: Reserved Entry Ticket to the Boboli Gardens

4. Florence: Reserved Entry Ticket to the Boboli Gardens

The gardens extend over a vast area forming an open-air museum with antique and Renaissance statues, grottoes, and large fountains. Exploring its numerous and varied walks one is able to evoke the spirit of life at court. The Grotta del Buontalenti is an artificial cave filled with false stalactites and stalagmites, with statues of sheep, shepherds, and Romans goddesses. The cave is located close to the entrance of the Boboli Garden and at the end of the Vasari Corridor. 

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Florence: The Medici Family Guided Walking Tour

5. Florence: The Medici Family Guided Walking Tour

Known for influencing and promoting the arts, the Medici were one of the most powerful families in Florence. On this guided walking tour, you’ll learn about the family’s historical power as you admire the cultural and architectural stamp they left on Florence. Your first stop is the Palazzo Medici Riccardi. Commissioned by Cosimo the Elder in 1444, the impressive building was built to be the familial home. Continue to Basilica di San Lorenzo, the oldest documented religious building in Florence. Your tour continues to other landmarks commissioned or influenced by the Medici family, such as the Cappelle Medicee, Piazza di Madonna Degli Aldobrandini, and Piazza Della Santissima Annunziata. Admire the Piazza della Signoria and learn about the building’s diverse history. Finish your tour at Palazzo Pitti. Purchased in 1550 to be the new Grand Ducal residence, the building symbolizes the Medici’s power over Tuscany.

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Balloon Flight Over Tuscany: Florence

6. Balloon Flight Over Tuscany: Florence

Experience the magical feeling of flying high above the cypress-studded hills and vineyards of Tuscany on a 1-hour hot air balloon flight from Florence. The adventure begins as soon as you arrive at the take-off field, which is dependent on weather conditions and will be provided to you the day before your flight. Watch as the balloons are inflated and prepared before your eyes. Once the pilots have done their final checks and given you a briefing about flight safety, climb into the balloon basket and begin your float to altitudes of up to 2,000 feet (6,000 meters). Glide over valleys and castles, enjoying breathtaking panoramic views of the rolling scenery below. Each flight offers a different experience, as the balloons are directed by the breeze. Upon landing, enjoy a glass of sparkling champagne and a breakfast with local products before the transfer shuttle back to your take-off site.

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Montecatini Terme: Thermal Pool Entrance Ticket

7. Montecatini Terme: Thermal Pool Entrance Ticket

Release the stress of traveling and relax in the waters of one of Italy's most renowned thermal water springs at the Montecatini Terme Thermal Pool. Enjoy access to an indoor thermal pool, fed by 33°C thermal water from the Leopoldina spring, where you can swim in the 100-meter lanes or enjoy a hydromassage from the hydrojets. Reap a range of health and wellness benefits, from skin improvement to increased muscle recovery.

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Florence: Footsteps of Medici Tour

8. Florence: Footsteps of Medici Tour

Begin your tour at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, which is the main residence of the first branch of the Medici family. The Medici family was connected to most of the other elite families of the time through marriages of convenience, partnership, or employment so the family had a central position in the social network. Several families had systematic access to the rest of the elite families only through the Medici family. Some examples of these families include the Bardi, Altoviti, Ridolfi, Cavalcanti, and the Tornabuoni. This has been suggested as a reason for the rise of the Medici family. Continue your tour to the square of San Lorenzo Church, which was Florence’s cathedral until the 8th-century. From the early 15th-century, the Medici family had the church entirely rebuilt in the new Renaissance style. On your way here, the guide will describe the Medici Chapels where the private mausoleum of the Medici Grand Dukes, Michelangelo’s New Sacristy, and his Medici Tombs are located. After the explanation of the Medici Chaples outside the attraction, the guide then moves across the city center to reach the river Arno and cross the river on Ponte Vecchio to the Oltrarno district. Here, see the imposing Palazzo Pitti, which was the last residence of the Medici family. Your guide will lead you to the last stop of the tour, La Strega Nocciola, to enjoy delicious ice cream.

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From Montecatini: Full-Day Excursion to Cinque Terre

9. From Montecatini: Full-Day Excursion to Cinque Terre

Enjoy a day of paradise, exploration, and discovery in Cinque Terre, one of the most beautiful, colorful coastal towns in the world, on this full-day excursion. Travel by luxury bus to and from Cinque Terre, a fast train between the towns, and by boat to the last town. Depart early in the morning to ensure a full day of exploration. Get dropped off via bus at the first village of Cinque Terre National Park or in the town of La Spezia. Travel alongside an expert tour leader as you hop between towns. First, stop in Manarola. You may recognize it since it has gained fame from its incredible views. Spend plenty of time exploring the old town, taking photos at the panoramic viewpoints, and dipping your toes into the sparkling water. Next, take a 10-minute train ride to Vernazza. The harbor feels like a step back in time, where you can enjoy views of the emerald water, colorful buildings, and children playing. Take a stroll through the alleyways and artisanal stores before heading to the next town. Stop in Monterosso, about another 10 minutes away by train. Spend some time relaxing under the sun, swimming in the crystal blue water, and exploring the old town. After enjoying lunch in a typical restaurant (optional), head toward the last stop of the day, Riomaggiore, on a scenic cruise along the Cinque Terre coastline. Admire the unique perspective of the high cliffs, blue water, and brightly colored villages from the sea. Explore the local streets and shops before heading back to Montecatini via bus.

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Pizza & Gelato Preparation Class in Florence

10. Pizza & Gelato Preparation Class in Florence

Learn how to make pizza and gelato just like the Italians! In this late afternoon class, your chef will introduce you to the history of these most delicious of Italian creations. With a professional pizza chef, you will bake a pizza called pizzaiolo. Learn how to make tender, flexible yeast dough that stretches to almost paper-thinness, as well as the trick for a flavorful yet light tomato sauce. Even if you bake pizza in your own oven, these techniques are universal and using them really makes a difference. Make your very own pizza - stretch it, sauce it, bake it, slice it. This will be the best pizza you ever tasted, and you made it yourself! After pizza, it’s time for gelato. Your chef will explain why gelato remains Italy's favorite dessert while giving an insight into the gelato culture that continues to grow. Learn about the raw ingredients used for bases and about principles for selecting the best products available. Then, enjoy a presentation and tasting of many of the flavors used in gelato making. You will learn about the development and application of natural colors, heating and freezing techniques and their effects on different ingredients. Discover the secrets of the world's most-loved dessert! This activity is strongly recommended for families that wish to teach their children about Italian culture. This easy and fun experience will last forever in your child's memory.

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What people are saying about Tuscany

An excellent small museum, packed with working models for a hands-on experience with Leonardo’s inventions, drawings and paintings. Mostly the working models. Children with attention problems would be overstimulated if they have trouble with stimuli. LOTS to see and absorb. The adults had a great time, too. Beautiful reconstructions and informative. An excellent adjunct to the Museum nearby. Viva Leonardo!!

Our guide, Anna, was very kind, knowledgeable and passionate. The tour lasted even longer than expected but this was also because we asked her for some insights that she was very willing to give us. I recommend it and then knowing the history of the doctors was really interesting and useful to be able to visit Florence with a completely different awareness

It was amazing, we learned how to make gelato and Pizza, the chef was friendly and explained to us the history behind Italin cooking. The chef's name was Tomaso. Thank you !

Giardino di Boboli is absolutely wonderful and peacfull place! If you want to escape the tourist crowds on the main streets of Firenze go to visit the gardens.

Chef was excellent! The best experience, fun and great food. Gelato like you have never taste.